What was the friendship between Amir and Hassan like in The Kite Runner?

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Ultimately, the relationship between Amir and Hassan in Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner cannot truly be described as a friendship. In the second chapter, Amir describes a close friendship between the two boys as they climb trees together, picking and eating berries and nuts and laughing. As the reader quickly discovers, however, the relationship involves deep fissures emanating from the two boys’ different ethnicities and disparate family backgrounds. Amir’s family was wealthy and Pashtun, the majority ethnicity in Afghanistan. Amir describes the house his father, Baba, had built as “the most beautiful” in the district in which they lived. Hassan, in contrast, was from a low-income family from a minority ethnicity, Hazara. Following a detailed description of his own opulent surroundings, Amir then reveals that Hassan’s family lives in the servant’s quarters and that the latter’s “father,” Ali, is seriously subordinate to Baba. Finally, Hassan is a half-brother...

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